Lawmakers pleased with budget, less so with other issues

Robin Fornoff The good: Tax breaks for energy superstation Tres Amigas. The bad: No driver’s license or education reform. The ugly: “The leadership (state Legislature) knows how to use procedure to get what they want and once again thwarted the will of the majority of New Mexicans.” — Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico. Those are the [...]

Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized [...]

Lawmakers plan for Lujan absence

Trip Jennings It is unclear how House Speaker Ben Lujan’s fight with lung cancer will play out day-to-day over the next month, whether he will show up each morning or miss portions of the state Legislature’s 30-day session. Lujan didn’t address that issue in remarks Tuesday to a stand-room-only crowd in the House of Representatives. [...]

Redistricting shuffles state lawmakers

Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line, but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost [...]